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North Carolina Drought Advisory

Released: December 14, 2017

The North Carolina Drought Advisory issued by the Drought Management Advisory Council has been updated to reflect drought conditions on December 12, 2017 indicated on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina.  Until further notice, the NCDMAC strongly urges the implementation of drought response actions, for all water users located in or dependent on water resources from the areas of the state experiencing the following drought conditions:

  • (D1) Moderate drought conditions.
  • (DO) Impending drought conditions (abnormally dry conditions).

County Drought Classification

If the US Drought Monitor of NC shows more than one drought designation in a county, the drought intensity classification for each county published by the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council is the highest drought designation that applies to at least twenty five percent (25%) of the land area of a county.

Drought Classification and Response Actions

D1 - Moderate Drought

The NCDMAC advises all water users in the counties that are indicated on the US Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Moderate Drought (D1) conditions to enact the following precautions in addition to previous advisories until further notice:

  • Adhere to local water use restrictions.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).
  • Project water needs and available water supply for a ninety day period from the issuance of this advisory.
  • Assess your vulnerability to the drought conditions and adjust water usage to prolong available supply.
  • Inspect water delivery system components (e.g. irrigation lines, fixtures, processing equipment, water system lines, etc.), repair leaks and ensure that existing equipment is operating as efficiently as possible.
  • Minimize nonessential uses of water.
  • Implement available public awareness and educational outreach programs emphasizing the need to conserve water.

D0 - Abnormally Dry

The NCDMAC requests all water users in the counties that are indicated on the US Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to closely monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.

  • Review and be prepared to implement your Water Shortage Response Plans at the appropriate time.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).

Counties Under Current Advisory

D1 - Moderate Drought

Alamance County
Anson County
Cabarrus County
Caswell County
Chatham County
Cumberland County
Durham County
Granville County
Guilford County
Harnett County
Hoke County
Lee County
Mecklenburg County
Montgomery County
Moore County
Orange County
Person County
Randolph County
Richmond County
Rockingham County
Scotland County
Stanly County
Union County
Wake County

Total: 24

D0 - Abnormally Dry

Beaufort County
Bertie County
Bladen County
Camden County
Carteret County
Chowan County
Craven County
Currituck County
Dare County
Davidson County
Davie County
Duplin County
Edgecombe County
Forsyth County
Franklin County
Gaston County
Gates County
Greene County
Halifax County
Hertford County
Hyde County
Iredell County
Johnston County
Jones County
Lenoir County
Lincoln County
Martin County
Nash County
Northampton County
Onslow County
Pamlico County
Pasquotank County
Pender County
Perquimans County
Pitt County
Robeson County
Rowan County
Sampson County
Stokes County
Tyrrell County
Vance County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Wilson County
Yadkin County

Total: 46